here we go again. The last dozen times the reason for sitting here has been The
Voice Of Germany, but now we’re finally on the road promoting our new
soon-to-be-born baby “Unholy Ground.” The promotion and interviews really start
tomorrow in Berlin and we go on and off all over Europe until the Christmas Eve.
I can’t believe the album is done now. As I’m sitting here with my beer and
some (obviously microwave) Thai food, the factory guys somewhere in Holland
(where they manufacture all the albums of Universal Music) have sent the first
albums to the stores. It’s so cool. After literally sweating, losing sleep,
celebrating and also almost dying a few times for this Sunrise Avenue baby #4,
now the albums are traveling through Europe to their final destinations. Sounds
like a Coca Cola Christmas commercial, I know.
Tomorrow I am alone in Berlin doing the press & newspaper stuff and then
the band boys fly in for the live performances this week. We have been blown
away how well the media and folks have taken our next step. I don’t know if
being a Coach at the VOG helps, but the people want to talk to us and me more
than ever before. We don’t mind. We have a new story to tell with a new album
and new songs.
There won’t be too many chances to play real live shows this year. There
aren’t any free dates due to the promo and my VOG, but as soon as we’re done
with the cold January next year, we’ll get back on the road. The first live
dates are already online, so go check them out!
Unholy Ground will be out in eleven days. Cheeses!!! This soft fear &
excitement seems to hit me every time we release an album. I mean first you have
all the time in the world to listen to the songs on your own. In you car and at
the gym with headphones etc. And then suddenly all the little moments you’ve
been working with for the last 18 months are available for everyone… I’m so
gonna lose my sleep on the 17th in the night.
But I also love this feeling. Our deal we signed in 2006 with EMI Music was for
four albums and someone very smart said to me then “If your fourth album ever
comes out, you have been very lucky.” Agree. It’s amazing that we’re still here
and there’s a new chapter about to start in our lives.
We will land in Berin/Tegel soon and there’s nothing to do until tomorrow
morning. Luckily the most successful Finnish band ever HIM is playing at the
Huxley’s in Berlin tonight. I hope we can make it to the hotel and then to the
venue in time with Manager-Mikko. Our flight was a bit late and I know Ville and
the boys won’t wait... I’ve never seen a HIM show. We tried to see them last
time (also with Mikko) in Los Angeles in May, but then their sold out tour got
cancelled due to health issues. We already stood in the crowd then. I cross my
fingers that tonight is the night.
Anyways… See you all very soon and keep your fingers crossed for a successful
band-baby delivery in a few days.